Connie Chen lifted her 1st Ladies European Tour trophy, winning the Spanish Open, in the Canary Islands.
Connie completed the Tenerife Open de España Femenino with another -3 under par 69, to lift the trophy with a tournament total of -12 under par, and a two shot victory.
Connie was very excited to have her first victory, especially with her dad Hong on the bag. She spoke to reporters about the day and also the duff chip she made on 18, which led to a bogey;
“I’m so happy, I was so nervous today teeing off and being able to keep going and make that eagle on the back nine gave me a good feeling for the day.”
“I was very nervous over that chip, I just acknowledged that it’s only natural to be nervous and tried to focus on other things to distract me, like the scenery and blue skies.”
“It’s nice that we worked really well this week together. It was a little different to our usual disagreements on the golf course.”
“We just discussed that there are some things that work, with him being my father and us being so close, and some things that we need to get a little bit of distance in the relationship and chill out.”
“With him being so close to me he wants me to do so well, so he was able to let go of that and let me play my own game this week.”
Connie and Dad, Hong / Getty Images
Second place went to Spanish girl Carlota Ciganda, who also posted a final round -3 under par 69 to finish with a -10 under par total. She really wanted to become the first home winner of this tournament;
“It’s a pity, because I wanted to win so badly and this was the only objective in my mind.”
If you can’t win, then the best position is second, so I am happy because when I think about this tournament it will give me confidence for the future.”
Beth Allen was in third position at -9 under par, with Charley Hull finishing in fourth place at -8 under par.
With her victory, Connie becomes the 12th first time winner of a Ladies European Tour event this season, this is a closely contested Tour.